The thing that amazes me the most about narcissists is the DISCONNECTS, the disparities, incongruities, and discrepancies.
Between their self-awareness and the utter lack of transformative insight
Between their often towering intelligence and their ubiquitous pseudo-stupidity
Between the sagacious wisdom which many of them possess and display – and their pervasive inanity
Between their goal-orientation and their ultimate and ineluctable failures
Between their non-existent positive emotions and their disproportionate negative ones
Between their innate emptiness and their prodigious creativity
Between their ability to emulate love and their inability to consummate it
Between their unmitigated self-sufficiency and their total dependence on others (for narcissistic supply, as parental figures in a shared fantasy, etc.)
The cognitive-linguistic-analytical capacity of a brilliant man or woman coupled with the unboundaried emotional immaturity, impulsivity, reactance, and pseudo-naivety of a child aged 8-11.
Harvey Cleckley called it the “Mask of Sanity”.
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